Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program

At Desert Hills, we are immensely proud of the services that we are able to offer to individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Deaf Program provides compassionate, individualized treatment to boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 18 who are in need of care for any number of behavioral, emotional, or cognitive concerns. With care that is offered in a comfortable residential setting, The Deaf Program is integrated into many of our units, where a culturally affirming therapeutic living environment is afforded through direct care Deaf staff. Residential living is focused on providing consistent structure, support, routine, and a “therapeutic culture” to allow for improved daily living skills, enhanced coping skills, and the building of strong, healthy interpersonal relationships.

The Deaf Program at Desert Hills employs staff members who, themselves, are also Deaf and Hard of Hearing, allowing them to work patients on a more personal level. We have Deaf therapists and mental health technicians on staff, as well as Deaf teachers who are available to meet the educational needs of our patients. Interpreters are available when necessary, and video phone / Skype services are offered for patients to be able to have communication with their family members while they are in our care.

In this program, patients are offered individualized treatment plans that are tailored to meet each unique set of needs that they may have. A wide array of therapeutic interventions are incorporated into each patient’s treatment plan in order to provide him or her with every opportunity for success.

A summarized overview of the structure and services offered in our Deaf Program are as follows:

Therapists for the Deaf provide:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy

Therapeutic orientation includes:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Canine therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Existential therapies

Teachers for the Deaf provides special education services at Desert Hills through Albuquerque Public Schools in classrooms that are:

  • Self-contained
  • Integrated

Outdoor recreational programming that focuses on:

  • Building relationships
  • Team building

Interpreting services offered for:

  • Academic services
  • Campus-wide activities and events

Communication access for students, parents, staff, and the community is offered via:

  • Interpreting services
  • Video phone
  • Skype
  • Participation in various cultural and holiday events
  • Sign language groups within the community and with hearing peers
  • Full collaboration with public and residential schools

Whatever your child’s needs may be, here at Desert Hills, we are devoted to improving the lives of all whom are entrusted into our care, and your child will be no exception. We will do everything in our power to make your child feel comfortable as he or she receives the care needed in an environment that is conducive to healing, while ensuring that all of his or her special needs are fully attended to.

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